TUNIS, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Tunisian police on Friday arrested Ghazi Chaouachi, the prominent critic of President Kais Saied, Ghazi’s son said, the latest arrest targeting the president’s opponents.
About 20 policemen searched the house and arrested Ghazi, his son Elyess said.
The arrest comes amid a crackdown on dissent this month that has targeted more than 12 people including opposition politicians, activists, protest organisers and a media figure as well as an influential business leader and two judges.
A Tunisian anti-terrorism investigative judge decided on Saturday to imprison two prominent politicians and a high-profile businessman who had been detained in a recent security crackdown, their defence team said.
The defence team for Abd El Hamid Jlassi and Kyham Turki, both critics of President Kais Saied, and businessman Kamel Ltaif said it had boycotted a plea hearing because the conditions for a fair trial had not been met.
In recent weeks, Tunisian police have arrested more than 12 people including opposition politicians, activists, protest organisers and a media figure, as well as an influential business leader and two judges.